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  • Neighborhood Events and Helpful News

    Pet Safety in the Summer Heat

    Don’t forget that our fur babies feel the heat in the summertime too!  Here are some suggestions to keep your pets happy and healthy this summer:

    • Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so make certain they have access to plenty of clean, fresh water at all times.
    • Consider keeping your pets indoors when it’s hot or humid outside. If they must be outdoors, make certain they have a shady place out of the sun and please bring them indoors when it is extremely hot.
    • Hot sidewalks can burn paws, so only take your pet for a walk in the early morning or when it cools off in the evening.
    • Insecticides can be toxic to pets, so keep them out of reach.
    • Picnic and barbecue food can be fatal, so keep things like grapes, onions, raisins, chocolate and xylitol away from your pets.
    • Dogs with flat faces, like Pugs and similar breeds, ar more susceptible to heat stroke since they can’t pant as effectively as other dog breeds. These breeds should be kept in cool, indoors areas as much as possible.
    • Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, including excessive panting, difficulty breathing, heavy drooling, mild weakness, stupor or collapse.
    • NEVER leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle! It can lead to heatstroke.
    • Don’t leave your pets unsupervised near swimming pools as not all dogs are good swimmers.
    • There are often fireworks during the summer for various events, so keep your pets indoors if this is happening nearby. The noise can be very traumatic for them, and often they will escape and get lost or hit by a car to escape the noise. Keep them safe in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of your house.

     

    Growers Markets Showcase Local Produce

    Have you been to one of Albuquerque’s many great Grower’s Markets yet? There are so many to choose from, and in every quadrant of the city! You’ll have your pick of fresh fruit and seasonal vegetables, homemade food, handcrafts, and much more! To see a map of all Albuquerque Grower Markets, visit: http://farmersmarketsnm.org/find-a-market/

     

    Teen Night Events Offer Free Summer Fun and Activities for Kids 12-19

    Family and Community Services, Parks and Recreation and Cultural Services (Youth Connect) have planned 12 teen events that will take place at various locations throughout the city on Friday evenings, throughout the summer months. These events have been designed with a variety of themes to cater to youth, ages 12-19. This week’s Teen Night event, “Teen Night Takeover,” will include an Escape Room, Science Lounge, food, and music. This event takes place Friday, June 28, 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., at Explora. Visit:www.cabq.gov/teen-nights for more information.

     

    Mental Health First Aid Trainings Offer Resources for Youth-Focused Groups

    The free Youth Mental Health First Aid classes provide excellent resources for individuals and groups who work primarily with the youth in our community. These trainings are open to the public and are particularly useful for people who regularly have contact with young people ages 8-24 such as parents, caregivers, teachers, coaches, school administration staff, janitors, bus drivers, community center staff, youth groups, after school program staff, doctors, nurses, hospital and medical facility staff, parks and recreation, court services, probation and juvenile justice, faith leaders, social workers or case managers. To register online for the upcoming June training or to see upcoming trainings, visit:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-first-aid-for-people-who-work-with-youth-june-training-tickets-59237865049?aff=ebapi

     

    Sign Up for APD’s Security Camera Analytical Network! Does your home or business have a security camera? Register it with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) Security Camera Analytical Network (SCAN) network at: www.cabq.gov/scan. Connecting your street-facing security camera to the SCAN network can help counter crime in your area and helps APD with visual surveillance and information in the event a crime was captured on camera.

    Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center Has New Hours. Saturday, June 22 marked the start of new hours for the BernCo Animal Care and Resource Center. Hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with adoptions from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Center is closed on Sundays, Mondays and all Bernalillo County holidays. In case of an animal enforcement emergency, call (505)468-PETS (468-7387). For more information, visit:www.bernco.gov/animal-care-services

     

    City Online Services Offer Numerous Convenient Services

    Do you need to find your trash pick-up day, report graffiti, find a lost pet or adopt a new one, or even pay a parking ticket? You can do all of this online! The City offers numerous online services to make interacting with your civic government much easier! Visit: www.cabq.gov/online-services to see all of the resources available to you!

     

    Northwest Area Command Community Policing Council Meetings:

    Held the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM. The meeting is at the Northwest Area Command Substation located at 10401 Cibola Loop, NW 87114 across from Cibola High School.

  • What’s Going on in Albuquerque

    City of Albuquerque Hosts Career Fair

    Know someone who wants to work for the City of Albuquerque? Send them to the Job and Career Fair on Saturday, July 13, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Cottonwood Mall, 10000 Coors Bypass NW. Hiring managers from all City departments will be on hand to answer questions and help applicants, so don’t let this great opportunity go! To learn more about this event, visit:www.cabq.gov/jobfair

     

    Senior Centers Offer Wide Variety of Activities and Services for 62+

    We all know a senior citizen, whether it’s a family member, a friend or a neighbor! Why not recommend some of the great free services offered by our Department of Senior Affairs? Our many Senior Centers offer a wide variety of classes and activities ranging from computer literacy to tax assistance to basketball to knitting to wood carving, and everything in between! Visit:www.cabq.gov/seniors/events to learn more!

     

    Half-Price Weekend at BioPark, Zoo and Aquarium Coming Up

    Mark your calendar and plan to take the family to the BioPark for Half-Price Weekend! Saturday, July 20 through Sunday, July 21 gets you in at the Zoo or the Aquarium for only $5 per adult, $2.75 per senior citizen and $2.50 per kid under 18! It’s a great opportunity to see some of the new exhibits and revisit some of the regular ones! To learn more about Half-Price Weekend, visit:www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/biopark/events/july-half-price-weekend

    Summer Guide Offers Many Fun Options for Families

    The Albuquerque Mom’s Blog has put together a Summer Fun Guide that offers numerous fun activities for adults, kids and the entire family! Concerts, summer camps, ideas for travel, pools and splash pads are just a few of the great activities showcased in the Guide, so bookmark it today and have a blast this summer!https://albuquerque.citymomsblog.com/activities/2019-ultimate-guide-summer-albuquerque/

    Farmer’s Markets Kick into Summer High Gear

    Don’t you love all the fresh produce, great food and beautiful arts and crafts found at our local farmer’s markets across town? Knowing where all the markets are located can be a big help if you’re planning your food shopping for the week. This list, courtesy of the Albuquerque Mom’s Blog, shares locations and hours and makes it easy for you to find one in your area! Visit: http://farmersmarketsnm.org/find-a-market/?_sft_wpsl_store_category=albuquerque-area

  • Bernalillo County Happenings

    Bernalillo County Seeks Input on Future Headquarters Name

    Bernalillo County seeks your input on the name of its future flagship offices, located at 415 Silver SW in Downtown. The County is expected to move into the new location in 2021, after renovations are completed. If you have suggestions and recommendations for a name, submit them at:bernco.gov/Government/comment-on-renaming-county-buildings-facilities.aspx

     

    Tips for Summer Watering

    The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) reminds everyone about summer watering and offers tips on how to irrigate our yards, trees, and flowers:

    • Follow the “Water by the Numbers” program and water your turf and plants just three times per week in summer months. Trees appreciate a deep watering every two to three weeks during the summer.
    • If it rains, count that as one of your watering days and shut off automatic sprinkler systems when it rains. You can also install a Smart Irrigation Controller.
    • Do not water or use your sprinkler between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Water early in the morning or in the later evening to reduce water loss to wind and evaporation.
    • Troubleshoot your sprinkler system for leaks, broken heads and emitters, and poorly angled/aimed heads. A broken sprinkler head can waste as much as 16 gallons of water per minute – and irrigation water should never end up in the street or on others’ property.
    • Consider replacing thirsty turf with xeriscaping.  There are hundreds of regionally adapted plants, trees and shrubs that can fill your yard with color while saving you money on water.

    Visit http://www.abcwua.org to learn more about water conservation programs and how you can conserve this resource!

  • 311 is Here for You

    311 Customer Service Survey Invites Public Feedback

    Have you taken the 311 Customer Service Survey yet? This online survey offers you the chance to give feedback and share ideas for making the City’s 311 service more open, accessible and accountable to the community it serves. To take the survey, visit:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S8TKMZV

    311 Citizen Contact Center

    Information about the 311 Citizen Contact Center.

    The 311 Citizen Contact Center is a centralized call center for the City of Albuquerque. The 311 service is a single telephone number for all non-emergency City of Albuquerque inquiries and services.

    We answer questions and respond to requests for service.

    Hours

    Monday through Saturday – 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Sunday – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Animal welfare calls and fixed bus times)

    How Can We Help?

    There are several ways the City of Albuquerque and 311 can answer questions or requests for service.

    Click here for website

     

    The new City website link to report abandoned vehicles.

        Report Abandoned Vehicles at: https://www.cabq.gov/report-abandoned-vehicles/report-abandoned-vehicles

     

  • Safety

    Beware of Snakes During Warmer Months

    Snakebite season, which generally runs from April through October, is upon us, and the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC) offers many resources for snakebite prevention and first aid. Having fielded 72 snakebite calls during 2018 and five so far in 2019, we know snakes are out there! Learn more about keeping safe during snake season at: nmpoisoncenter.unm.edu or call toll-free 1 (800) 222-1222

     

    Needle Pickup Events Invite Volunteers to Safely Learn to Dispose of Syringes

    The Bernalillo County Health Council has put together a listing of ongoing safe pickup events for needles and syringes citywide, and are looking for interested volunteers to participate in learning how to safely dispose of these items. Here are the ongoing needle pickup events across Albuquerque:

    • MATS Program, times and dates vary but usually Monday – Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Contact Joelle Jacobs at:jjacobs@bernco.gov
    • Volunteer-led program, Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Coronado Park. Contact Robert Nelson at: robertforabq@gmail.com
    • D.O.P.E. Services, times and dates vary but usually Tuesdays – Sundays between 1:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Contact Evan Hoessel at:dopeservicesnm@gmail.com
    • NMDOH Public Health, Mondays between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., International District. Contact Mark Clark at: mark.clark@state.nm.us
    • Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless, usually Monday – Friday between 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., locations vary. Contact Kim Abrahams at: kimberlyabrams@abqhch.org

    For general information about Bernalillo County Health Council needle pickup initiatives, contact Pelatia Trujillo, Program Specialist, at (505) 246-1638 or: pelatia@bchealthcouncil.org

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Tips to Protect Against Identity Theft

Protecting Yourself from identity theft is one of those topics that require frequent review. The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) gave us these tips in the Weekly E-News of Monday, January 14, 2019. I would also like to encourage you to get your credit frozen/blocked through each credit reporting agency (Equifax, Transunion, and Experion.) Learn how from the US Federal Trade Commission at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0497-credit-freeze-faqs . This is now a free service. And, no one can access your information to open new accounts without your prior authorization. Wishing you the best at safeguarding your information.

“Identity theft is a concern everyone shares. Here are a few tips from the Albuquerque Police Department on how to help protect yourself and your loved ones from this ongoing problem:

  • Never give out your Social Security number, particularly if someone calls or e-mails you and asks for it. Try not to carry your SSN card in your wallet.
  • Don’t respond to any unsolicited requests for personal information.
  • Consider getting a P.O. box at your closest post office. Thieves often break into mailboxes and steal credit cards, checks, or outgoing payments. If you can’t get a P.O. box, ensure that you check your mail every single day.
  • If you have a community mailbox in your neighborhood, check your mail every day and encourage your neighbors to do the same. If possible, ask a neighbor living close to the community mailbox to keep a regular eye on it.
  • If you are traveling for longer than a week, have a trusted neighbor pick up your mail, or have at temporary hold put on your mail at your post office.
  • When buying gas, try to go inside and have the store clerk run your credit/debit card, rather than using the outside card reader. Identity thieves are very good at installing skimmers that can read your card information and be used to create duplicate cards.
  • Check your banking accounts and credit card accounts frequently, and watch for unauthorized transactions, even small ones.
  • Shred receipts, credit offers, account statements, and expired cards, to prevent “dumpster divers” from getting your information.
  • Install firewalls and anti-virus software on your home computer and personal smart phone and tablet devices.
  • Create complex and different passwords for each of your online accounts. Change your password immediately if any of your credit card or banking companies has a data breach.

For more crime-prevention information, visit: https://www.cabq.gov/police/crime-prevention-safety .”

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Finding a New BFF?

After that last series, don’t we all feel that we need a really good friend? I’ve mentioned my Best Friend Forever (BFF), Aria, before. There is no doubt of the love and support we get from our furry BFFs*. Dogs and cats are regulars in hospitals, social centers, schools, and libraries these days**. They comfort the ill, listen to children read, and help us get our exercise. Spring is a great time to get a new BFF.

Bernalillo County recently announced the opening of the Bernalillo County Animal Care and Resource Center. “This new animal care and resource center, at 3001 Second St. SW, is a little over 17,000 square feet and includes space for approximately 117 to 150 dogs and approximately 80-100 cats. Since many parts of the county are in rural areas, this new shelter will also provide more adequate housing for horses, cows, sheep and other livestock. Some of the exciting new programs and services will include many types of volunteer and recreational opportunities, educational and training classes for people and animals, camp programs, spay and neuter, microchipping and vaccination clinics, foster care, and much more.” Animal viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday. Call (505) 314-0281 or (505) 468-PETS (468-7387) or https://www.bernco.gov/animal-care-services/animal-care-and-resource-center.aspx .

Other great options:

City of Albuquerque, Animal Welfare Department at

Eastside Shelter, 8920 Lomas Blvd NE, (505) 768-1975

Westside Shelter, 11800 Sunset Gardens Rd SW, (505) 768-1975

Lucky Paws Adoption Center, Coronado Center, 6600 Menaul Blvd NE, (505) 768-1975

PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center – 350 Eubank Blvd. NE, (505) 298-4122

or, https://www.cabq.gov/pets/adoption .

Animal Humane at

615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, (505) 255-5523 or

10141 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114, (505) 323-PETS (7387)

or https://animalhumanenm.org/ .

There are many other facilities available from a web search.

* There are many websites for researching the best fit pet for you. For dogs, you can start at the American Kennel Club’s Dog Breed Selector website at https://www.akc.org/dog-breed-selector/ . Both the personality of the person and the personality of the animal must match for BFFs.

** Before bringing your BFF to any facility, please make sure the BFF and you are trained to behave correctly for that environment. A good start is the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen class – taught by various trainers in Albuquerque. Then, check with that facility for additional training requirements. In these situations, a trained dog is a blessing; and an untrained dog could be a disaster.

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Healthy Relationships: Recognizing Abusive Relationships

This is the last part of a series on relationships. Now that we have seen what unhealthy and healthy relationships look like, let’s learn the characteristics of abusive relationships. When you see these characteristics, please seek help from the resources listed in part 1 of this series and get your loved one to a safe place for recovery. Even though this series is on teen dating, these characteristics apply to any age group. This series is courtesy of the February 2019 issue of the Bernco Sheriff’s newsletter, the “Communicator.”

“Teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional aggression within a dating relationship, including stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Several different words are used to describe teen dating violence. Below are just a few:

  • Relationship abuse
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Relationship violence
  • Dating abuse
  • Domestic abuse
  • Domestic violence

Teen dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects. Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Being able to tell the difference between healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships can be more difficult than you would think. No two relationships are the same, so what’s unhealthy in one relationship may be abusive in another. Although there are many signs to pay attention to in a relationship, look for these common warning signs of dating abuse:

  • Checking cell phones, emails or social networks without permission
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Constant belittling or put-downs
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Constant mood swings towards you
  • Physically inflicting pain or hurt in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling someone what they can and cannot do
  • Repeatedly pressuring someone to have sex

As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have short- and long-term negative effects on a developing teen. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to:

  • Experience symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol
  • Exhibit antisocial behaviors
  • Think about suicide
  • Witness or experience violence in the home

Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent. Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.

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Healthy Relationships: Recognizing Healthy Relationships

This is the second part of a series on relationships. Now that we have seen what unhealthy relationships look like, let’s learn the characteristics of healthy relationships. Please have another conversation with your loved ones. Please tell them how happy you want them to be and these are the minimum requirements of a healthy relationship. This series is courtesy of the February 2019 issue of the Bernco Sheriff’s newsletter, the “Communicator.”

“Healthy relationships share certain characteristics that our youth should be taught to expect:

  • Mutual respect: Respect means that each person values who the other is and understands the other person’s boundaries.
  • Trust: Partners should place trust in each other and give each other the benefit of the doubt.
  • Honesty: Honesty builds trust and strengthens the relationship.
  • Compromise: In a dating relationship, each partner does not always get his or her way. Each should acknowledge different points of view and be willing to give and take.
  • Individuality: Neither partner should have to compromise who he/she is, and his/her identity should not be based on a partner’s. Each should continue seeing his or her friends and doing the things, he/she loves. Each should be supportive of his/her partner wanting to pursue new hobbies or make new friends.
  • Good communication: Each partner should speak honestly and openly to avoid miscommunication. If one person needs to sort out his or her feelings first, the other partner should respect those wishes and wait until he or she is ready to talk.
  • Anger control: We all get angry, but how we express it can affect our relationships with others. Anger can be handled in healthy ways such as taking a deep breath, counting to ten, or talking it out.
  • Fighting fair. Everyone argues at some point, but those who are fair, stick to the subject, and avoid insults are more likely to come up with a possible solution. Partners should take a short break away from each other if the discussion gets too heated.
  • Problem solving: Dating partners can learn to solve problems and identify new solutions by breaking a problem into small parts or by talking through the situation.
  • Each partner should take time to understand what the other might be feeling.
  • Self-confidence: When dating partners have confidence in themselves, it can help their relationships with others. It shows that they are calm and comfortable enough to allow others to express their opinions without forcing their own opinions on them.
  • Being a role model: By embodying what respect means, partners can inspire each other, friends, and family to also behave in a respectful way.
  • Healthy sexual relationship: Dating partners engage in a sexual relationship that both are comfortable with, and neither partner feels pressured or forced to engage in sexual activity that is outside his or her comfort zone or without consent.”

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Reminder: Neighborhood Cleanup this Saturday!

Hi Neighbors and friends – Let’s show our community pride and have fun at the same time!!

It’s time for the Neighborhood Clean Up and it’s this  Saturday, April 27th, 9am to 12pm.

Volunteers meet at Rinconada Point Park (Bob McCannon Parkway & Painted Rock) for bags & supplies.

PLEASE NOTE: Only those items that fit in a bag will be picked up on this day.  The City will not pick up large items (stove, mattresses, etc.).

For more information go to: www.keepalbuquerquebeautiful.com

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Healthy Relationships: Recognizing Unhealthy Relationships

With Spring, come young love. And, whereas those of us who are old enough to have teenage children know that there is a miniscule chance of teenage love lasting, unfortunately teenagers do not have the experience to know better. This will be a 3-part series on recognizing unhealthy relationships, recognizing healthy relationships, and recognizing abusive relationships. All of this is from the February 2019 issue of the Bernco Sheriff’s newsletter, the “Communicator.” Is it time for another conversation with your loved ones?

“Unhealthy relationships are marked by certain characteristics our youth should be aware of…:

  • Control: One dating partner makes all the decisions and tells the other what to do, what to wear, or who to spend time with. He or she is unreasonably jealous, and/or tries to isolate the other partner from his or her friends and family.
  • Hostility: One dating partner picks a fight with or antagonizes the other dating partner. This may lead to one dating partner changing his or her behavior in order to avoid upsetting the other.
  • Dishonesty: One dating partner lies to or keeps information from the other. One dating partner steals from the other.
  • Disrespect: One dating partner makes fun of the opinions and interests of the other partner or destroys something that belongs to the partner.
  • Dependence: One dating partner feels that he or she “cannot live without” the other. He or she may threaten to do something drastic if the relationship ends.
  • Intimidation: One dating partner tries to control aspects of the other’s life by making the other partner fearful or timid. One dating partner may attempt to keep his or her partner from friends and family or threaten violence or a break-up.
  • Physical violence: One partner uses force to get his or her way (such as hitting, slapping, grabbing, or shoving).
  • Sexual violence: One dating partner pressures or forces the other into sexual activity against his or her will or without consent.
  • Digital Abuse: Using technology to bully, stalk, threaten or intimidate a partner using texting, social media, apps, tracking etc…”

I hope that you are not seeing any of this behavior. But if you are, I encourage you to have that conversation sooner rather that later. I am giving you a list of resources that should be able to help.

Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

Trevor Lifeline (for LGBTQ* youth): I -866-488-7386

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: I -800-273-8255

National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-786-2929

National Domestic Violence Hotline I-800-799-7233

National Hotline for Crime Victims: I -855-484-2846

National Street Harassment Hotline: I -855-897-5910

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/tdv-factsheet.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/ipv-technicalpackages.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/yv-technicalpackage.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/sv-prevention-technical-package.pdf https://vetoviolence.cdc.gov/dating-matters

https://www.breakthecycle.org/

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Garage Sale Safety Tips

I am happy to announce that the Annual Ladera West Neighborhood Association Garage Sale will be Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th, 2019. With spring cleaning underway, we encourage you to plan a garage sale or partner with a neighbor to turn some of that clutter to cash. The Office of Neighborhood Coordination (ONC) Weekly E-News of Monday, July 23, 2018 gave us some advice for having a safe garage sale.

“Summer always means garage sales, and there are a few things to keep in mind when having one:

  • Only two garage sales per year are allowed by City rule, and can’t exceed three days.
  • No signs advertising the sale are allowed on utility poles or in medians.
  • If possible, have an assistant or two to help you with sales and cash handling, and to prevent theft of sale items or cash.
  • Have plenty of change on hand – $1 bills, quarters, etc. – and keep a close eye on it.
  • Have a calculator on hand.
  • Specify that sale of all items is final and clarify that all sales are cash only.
  • For safety, have the sale in your more-visible yard or driveway, not in the garage.
  • Keep your pets indoors.
  • Keep your house doors and windows closed and locked, and keep your garage locked.
  • Before the sale, double-check all sale items to ensure no personal or financial information is left in them.
  • Watch for trip hazards such as cords, boxes, bags, or other clutter, and don’t display breakable items where they can be easily knocked over.
  • Keep anything that is not for sale out of sight.
  • Any items not sold at the end of the day could be put in a box marked “FREE” to eliminate further packing and cleaning up.
  • If you’ve put out signs, remember to take them down at the end of the sale and keep your neighborhood looking tidy.

For additional questions on garage sales, contact the Planning Department’s Zoning & Residential Code Office at (505) 924-3850, or visit: https://www.cabq.gov/planning/planning-faqs/code-enforcement-faqs .”

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Save The Date – The Great American Cleanup!!

Mark your calendars!  The Great American Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2019.  Meet us at Riconada Park at 9:00 am.  Trash bags and gloves will be provided.  Come meet your neighbors and have fun while we help clean our great neighborhood.

What is the Great American Cleanup?

The Great American Cleanup is a program of Keep America Beautiful.  It is the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks off in more than 20,000 communities each Spring. The Great American Cleanup, which marks its 21st year in 2019, engages more than 3 million volunteers and participants, on average, every year to create a positive and lasting impact.

The Great American Cleanup began as a litter cleanup initiative designed to aesthetically improve our environment by creating cleaner parks, streetscapes and public spaces through litter removal and elimination. To this day, community cleanups remain at the very heart of the campaign, and the results are remarkable. In 2018 alone, nearly 60 million pounds of litter and recyclables were collected by volunteers throughout the country.

Come join us and be a part of the Ladera West Neighborhood Association effort.

See you then!

Visitor Use Management Plan for Petroglyph National Monument

Distracted Driving

Shortly before my father passed in 2012, he told me, “These days, you need to drive like a mosquito hawk (i.e.: dragonfly). You need to look in all directions all the times.” How true. Sometimes it feels like we only arrived safely at our destination because of a miracle. The February 2019 issue of the Bernco Sheriff’s newsletter, the “Communicator” reminds us to drive safely and to have a conversation with loved ones about driving safely.

“Let us be honest. We are all guilty of this. We see it every day in the cars around us during our commutes. Changing music while driving, dealing with an unruly child in the back seat, or far more commonly, sneaking a peak at our phone to catch the latest text or email, even just talking on the phone causes serious distraction issues. Distracted driving is not becoming a problem, it IS a problem and we all contribute to it.

Distracted driving is outpacing DWI as the most dangerous violation on the road today, and if we do not do something to slow this, it will only get worse. Look at our children and how connected they are to their mobile devices.

Let me try to communicate to you just why distracted driving is so dangerous. Driving is a multitasking activity. There are many small, individual tasks that we do while we drive: steering, accelerating, braking, signaling, watching opposite direction traffic, watching cross traffic. There is a lot involved in driving. And if there is one thing that humans are not good at, it’s multitasking. We are really good at focusing on one thing, not so much with many things. And what exactly is going on while we are driving? Let’s pick a common speed limit here in town, say, 35 miles per hour and look at some numbers.

For each mile per hour you go, you are traveling about a foot and a half in distance. That doesn’t sound too bad, but let’s look at a vehicle going down 4th Street at 35 miles per hour. That is about 50 feet per SECOND. A quick two second glance at the phone has you traveling 100 feet, about 7 car lengths. Face it, that is a pretty short time period, and most looks at our phones are longer than that. A lot can happen in 100 feet. Cars pulling out in front of us. Cars stopping in front of us. Pedestrians crossing streets. Kids riding bikes. And this distance does not account for you seeing and reacting to the changing circumstances in front of you. Add in another second or two for that, and we are now talking about a 200-foot lane of potential disaster in front of us, all because we thought that whatever message coming through our phone was important enough for us to endanger not only ourselves, but EVERYONE else on the road. IT IS NOT WORTH IT.

We have to learn not to use our mobile devices while driving. We have to teach our children not to use their phones while driving. The cost in damage and more importantly, injury and death is becoming greater with each passing year. It is not worth it.

We here at BCSO are committed to combatting distracted driving in Bemalillo County. We are participants of the Department of Transportation’s DNTXT Campaign, and we actively look for drivers using their phones while driving. Using a phone without a hands-free device is illegal, and offenders will be cited. Many drivers who are stopped for using their phones while driving often think that we should be out stopping “real crime”. Our reply to that is Public Safety is our business, and helping to maintain safety on our streets and highways is a large part of this. Distracted driving causes more damage and injury than you can possibly imagine.

BCSO has a dedicated traffic enforcement unit. BCSO Motors/Traffic Investigations is committed to the enforcement of all traffic laws throughout the County of Bemalillo. If you see any traffic violation related issues, please feel free to contact Captain Joshua Kingsbury at 505-314-0044, and we can work together to put a plan in place to deal with it. As always, stay safe.”

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